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Attitude problem

Arin Kumar
Thursday, December 19, 2013

FIJI Women's Rugby Union president Paulini Tamatasasa is not happy with the attitude of the Fijiana players.

Her disappointment follows the attendance of only three of the 12 players who turned up at the Women's 7s Confederations Cup last weekend in Suva.

Tamatasasa said it was not the first time the national women's reps had failed to show up at a local competition.

"They do it all the time," she said.

"They don't come to competitions after they return from international competitions.

"They only come when the national team is being selected for competitions overseas.

"That is when they show their faces."

Tamatasasa said the players needed to show more commitment towards their clubs.

"These girls get international experience and game time against overseas teams.

"They can use that experience to help their clubs win local competitions.

"They can use some of the things they learn to teach their club members."

Tamatasasa also urged national women's coach Timoci Wainiqolo to attend the competitions and scout for more talent.

"We have seen that over the past few overseas competitions it was the same bunch of girls that get picked.

"We would like to ask Jim Wainiqolo to come to our competitions and see the other girls who are playing.

"There are heaps of talent out there and there are some very good players from districts like Naitasiri, Serua, Ra and Lautoka."

She said Wainiqolo could identify more options if players were unavailable or injured.

"Don't stick to 12 players. It's going to be very difficult to look for a suitable replacement when one or two in that 12 get injured.

"It would be best to get 22 or 25 players and have a wider training group so that you have more options available in a position than just one player."

Wainiqolo has encouraged the Womens rugby union to improve the standard of local competitions.

He said his players had just returned from playing in the Dubai 7s tournament on the IRB Womens Sevens Series and might not have turned up because they needed rest.